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Author: A Forbes Podcast by Clare O’Connor

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Self-made women get candid about the good, bad and ugly that comes with founding -- and funding -- a business. Hosted by Forbes Staff Writer Clare O’Connor, guests tell all about the first serious money they made or raised, whether that means closing a seed round or finally seeing revenues roll in. Expect anecdotes from Silicon Valley boardrooms and real-world advice for aspiring entrepreneurs.
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Movie Star; Mogul

Movie Star; Mogul

2016-11-2200:24:461

Actress-turned-entrepreneur Jessica Alba talks about the early, hard days of The Honest Company, her nontoxic household goods startup, today valued at upwards of $1 billion. It turns out being a star of the silver screen doesn't help when you're prepping to pitch Silicon Valley venture capitalists.
A Club Of One's Own

A Club Of One's Own

2016-11-0800:23:381

As a busy New Yorker and former public affairs guru, Audrey Gelman had changed her clothes in her fair share of Starbucks bathrooms and done pre-event makeup in many a Sephora. She had her big idea two years ago: what if city women had a third place, besides the office and home, not just to primp but to network and plot the rise of the #matriarchy? The Wing evolved from there. In October, Gelman and cofounder Lauren Kassan opened the door to their first women's-only social club and coworking space in Manhattan's Ladies' Mile. Hear how they raised over $2 million from (mostly female) investors, and why women need a place of our own.
Seat At The Table

Seat At The Table

2016-10-2500:22:44

Arlan Hamilton has called herself a “triple threat…but not in a Beyonce way”: she’s a woman, she’s black, and she’s gay. She knows a little about being underrepresented in the startup world. The former concert producer founded Backstage Capital, a venture firm aimed at funding women, LGBTQ founders and other minority entrepreneurs. Here’s how she raised capital from a who’s who of Silicon Valley giants.
Good Hair Day

Good Hair Day

2016-10-1100:30:44

As recently as seven years ago, Alli Webb was driving around Los Angeles, offering blowouts to clients as a mobile hairdresser. Today her blowout-only salon chain, Drybar, is a national phenomenon with 65 locations (and growing) set to do $100 million in revenues this year. Here's how she did it.
Power Dressing

Power Dressing

2016-09-2700:28:251

Katherine Power and Hillary Kerr cofounded pioneering fashion and style site WhoWhatWear after a chance encounter on the set of 'Project Runway'. A decade later, the former magazine editor and journalist preside over a media, tech, and commerce empire backed by more than $14 million in investment. Power tells us how the two grew Clique Media Group, why they decided to branch out (apparel, books, and more), and what they've learned about millennial -- and Gen Z! -- women.
In The Bag

In The Bag

2016-09-1300:23:55

Melissa Mash heard women's gripes about their bags firsthand while working for leather goods giant Coach, from laptops ruined by spilled water bottles to crushed sunglasses. She vowed to create a perfect, intuitive bag for working women, with pockets for every need, a spill-proof exterior, and no gaudy branding. A Wharton MBA and four years later, handbag and accessory startup Dagne Dover has raised a $1.25 million seed round and is set to raise equity financing soon. Mash is also a new mom -- although she says her 40-hour labor was a breeze compared to fundraising for a bag business in the male-dominated VC world.
Blood Sisters

Blood Sisters

2016-08-3000:24:28

In a venture capital world still run by men, The Flex Company founder Lauren Schulte did the improbable: raised $1 million to grow a startup aimed at helping make women's periods less awful. Yes, she talked about menstruation in Silicon Valley boardrooms. She'll start shipping her product -- disposable menstrual discs you can even wear during sex (!) -- to customers this September. Hear how this former marketer built a medical device company from scratch.
Now We're Cooking

Now We're Cooking

2016-08-1600:29:11

Ooshma Garg founded her first startup from her dorm room -- then made herself sick eating junk food while growing it. Cue her second big idea: Gobble, a venture-backed dinner kit delivery service that promises home-cooked meals you can make in one pan in 10 minutes. At age 29, she's a two-time entrepreneur; she's raised just under $12 million to take Gobble nationwide. She talks about how she set her startup apart in a crowded meal kit marketplace, and how she's tackled boardroom gender bias.
Skin Is In

Skin Is In

2016-08-0200:32:10

Emily Weiss had no cosmetics industry experience when she founded Glossier, a beauty brand for the Instagram generation. What she did have: reams of insider info on what women actually wear -- and want -- out of skincare and makeup thanks to her popular blog Into The Gloss. In Glossier's first year in business, she raised over $10 million in funding. "It wasn't easy," said Weiss. Here's how she's using the Internet to build better beauty products.
Babysitter On Board

Babysitter On Board

2016-07-1900:23:21

When Lynn Perkins started UrbanSitter, it was partly to solve her own problem: she had young twins, and she also wanted a social life. She wondered why there wasn't an OpenTable model for babysitting services, on-demand. To date, Urbansitter has raised over $20 million to make parents' lives easier. Its technology also allows 120,000+ caregivers in 60 cities to be their own bosses.
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